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Shared By: Lacey LaDuke on Nov 3, 2008 with updates from Trevin Spencer
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Description

Another secluded canyon that doesn't see much travel. The rock is just as good as the rest of the area, it's just kind of a pain in the ass to get to.

Getting There

Follow the wagon trail down the stairs and walk for nearly a mile, watch for the signs bolted to the rocks on the south side of the trail. Just past the sign for upper fifth you will see the sign for the lower fifth canyon, follow the trail down into the canyon and then bear right until you see the rocks.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Fifth Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Blunderbuss
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
Bugaboo aka Rusty Trombone
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
No Pryor Experience
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Blunderbuss
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bugaboo aka Rusty Trombone
 7
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
No Pryor Experience
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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Scott Coldiron
Spokane, WA
Scott Coldiron   Spokane, WA  
I would argue that for the 5.10 climber, The Lower 5th has much better climbs than any of the walls up above. The climbs are more technical and quite a bit more interesting, I think, than any 5.10 on the Post Wall or Garden Wall. They are also a bit harder, as grade creep does not seem to have reached the Lower fifth yet.

The approach is nowhere near as long or arduous as I had thought. In less than 5 minutes from the Garden Wall you can be at the Lower 5th.
The trail is also quite good, with one or two short third-class sections. Jun 24, 2009
Turbo88
North Idaho
Turbo88   North Idaho
I agree this is much truer to the grade than most within the park. That could cause a problem for those that think they can send 10's at Q' Emlin, then make it to the Lower Fifth. For example, a 10b at the Lower Fifth is more like a 10d on the other walls. Apr 7, 2012